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How can I gain 20 pounds by working out and eating more? I'm tired of being underweight but don't know where to start.

How can I gain 20 pounds by working out and eating more? I'm tired of being underweight but don't know where to start.

Check online resourc: Just as in weight loss, don't set up specific goal for weight gain. Instead, set goal to improve health & function, regardless of weight. Check out some of these websites: http://www. Womenshealthmag. Com/, www. Shape. Com & www. Oxygenmag. Com. Also consider http://www. Cdc. Gov/women/, http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/womenshealth. Html, http://www. Webmd. Com/women/ & http://goo. Gl/hLA1wH (Mayo Clinic). ...Read more

Dr. Syed H. Sajid
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Low Body Weight (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) uses a man or woman’s height & weight to estimate body fat. Many consider a BMI of less than 18.5 kg/ ...Read more


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Could being underweight affect my health?

Could being underweight affect my health?

How do you FEEL?: If you've always been slim, good for you. The "ideal weight" charts are subscience. Many elite track-and-field athletes are "underweight". If you feel well and can keep competitive in your favorite sport, stop worrying. You're a person, not a number. If you're losing weight and don't know why, your physician needs to check you out. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of being underweight?

What are the symptoms of being underweight?

Underweight: Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 20 is considered Underweight.
Anorexia is an Eating Disorder with underweight.
People who are underweight may have increased risk of Anemia, Heart irregularities and Osteoporosis.
People who are underweight can find it extremely difficult to put on weight.
See Physician for Diagnosis, have all necessary Lab done; have treatment.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy. ...Read more

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Is being underweight necessarily unhealthy?

Is being underweight necessarily unhealthy?

No: How do you FEEL? The "ideal weight" charts are subscience. You're a person, not a number. Many elite track-and-field athletes are "underweight". If you can stay competitive in your favorite sport and feel okay, stop worrying. If you want to put on muscle, eat sensibly and do resistance training daily on different groups. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with being underweight?

What risks are associated with being underweight?

Depends: "ideal weight" is subscience / entertainment. "increased mortality in underweight people" ignores the cause; merely being light-framed and lean is not a health risk. Elite runners with no bodyfat and efficient muscle are "underweight" and in superb health. Justin bieber (photo) isn't complaining. Stay physically fit, get rx if you are actually sick, and enjoy your natural body type. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the dangers of being underweight?

Can you tell me the dangers of being underweight?

It depends: The dangers of true malnutrition are grave. However, the body mass index ignores athleticism. Many elite athletes, especially in track and field, are underweight without any adverse consequences. It's a matter of taking care of your mind and your body as a responsible person should. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can stop being underweight?

Can you tell me how I can stop being underweight?

Why do you ask?: Body mass index ignores fitness lifestyle factors. The guys in the photo are "underweight" but in the peak of good health. If you want to gain muscle, it's about resistance training and perhaps creatine supplementation. If you're a man, you need no body fat; if you're a woman, just a little is fine. ...Read more

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Can being underweight affect my health? Help please?

If significant, sure: Malnutrition / lack of adequate calories, protein, vitamins or minerals can have significant impact on your health. Need more information in question to give more specific answer. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could being underweight affect my health?

Please tell me, could being underweight affect my health?

It depends: If it's from athleticism, as for the photo guys, it's good. The bmi tables are subscientific and ignore physical fitness. If you lack both fat and muscle and this isn't your choice, perhaps you are already sick. The number itself isn't magic but it can warn of serious illness -- famously, malabsorption and maldigestion are often missed. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the health consequences of being underweight?

Can you please describe the health consequences of being underweight?

Find out why: "ideal weight" is subscience / entertainment. "underweight" is merely a marker for things that may be very good for you (being an elite runner), okay (light-framed and lean -- mr bieber in the photo isn't complaining), or seriously bad (hiv, cancer, alcohol abuse, malabsorption, etc.) if your weight is steady & you're keeping up in sports, you're probably fine -- enjoy who you are. ...Read more

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What are the positive and negative health implications of being underweight?

What are the positive and negative health implications of being underweight?

Number isn't key: A light-framed track-and-field athlete, for whom aerobic fitness is a plus and muscle mass largely a minus, is likely to be "underweight" according to the tables yet in excellent health. A sedentary person who is starving themselves because of an alcohol or drug addiction is in terrible health despite being "slim". It's the person, the big picture, not the numbers. ...Read more

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How can I prevent being underweight?

How can I prevent being underweight?

Why do you ask?: If you're losing weight and don't know why, your physician needs to work you up for tumor and malabsorption / maldigestion. "Healthy weight" charts are subscience -- many elite aerobic athletes are "underweight" but feel fine. If this is you, great. If you're wanting to muscle up, resistance training and eating sensibly when you're hungry. Look at the person, not the number. ...Read more

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Does being underweight affect my fertility?

Does being underweight affect my fertility?

Yes: Women who are underweight and exercise too much can have trouble getting pregnant just like women who are overweight do. ...Read more

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Could have being underweight caused my miscarriages?

Could have being underweight caused my miscarriages?

Only if unhealthy: Being underweight in its self is not a barrier to pregnancy if otherwise healthy. Eat healthy and exercise regularly. Watch all medications including Advil (ibuprofen) and Aspirin while pregnant or trying to get pregnant. If significantly underweight talk to your physician about good nutrition. No smoking or alcohol. Good luck and good health. ...Read more

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I have had two miscarriages, can being underweight be the cause of them?

I have had two miscarriages, can being underweight be the cause of them?

Yes: Up to 70% increase in a study in 2006. But if you pay attention no nutrition, it will improve. ...Read more

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Could being underweight cause chest pains?

Could being underweight cause chest pains?

No: Unless this is obviously chest wall pain or the transient knife-like pain that many young people experience on breathing in, you need to get seen and have a cause identified. ...Read more

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Is being underweight associated with infertility?

Is being underweight associated with infertility?

Yes: Our findings over the last few years point to an enormous increase in ovulation problems for underweight women. It's complicated but even with regular cycles, infertility or miscarriage can be the result. In today's high carbohydrate nutrition world, the only way to stay underweight is to intermittently starve or be low on calories creating a stress induced ovulation problem. There's more..... ...Read more

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Is being underweight associated with infertility?

Is being underweight associated with infertility?

Yes: Being significantly underweight can cause amenorrhea (lack of periods) which causes infertility. See your doctor about gaining weight in a safe manner. If your being underweight is due to anorexia or some other eating disorder, seek a counselor for proper treatment. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Could being underweight lower your immune system?

Could being underweight lower your immune system?

Only if: If you are underweight from doing too much exercise, your immune system may be impaired due to over-exertion. Marathoners have been found to be more susceptible to respiratory tract infections. The answer is moderation. Otherwise, it should not impact your immune system unless you are malnourished. ...Read more

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Is being underweight an effect of a poor immune system?

Rather the opposite: Being underweight would affect your immune system, by definition: any person below 70% of his/ her expected body weight is immune compromised, primary immune deceficiency diseases that cause malnutrition due to severe infections are rare and mostly in infancy, see an allergist/immunologist to check on your immune system if you wish, look up aaaai. Org or acaai. Org to locate an allergist in your area ...Read more

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What could have prevented a baby from being underweight?

What could have prevented a baby from being underweight?

Antenatal follow up: General antenatal health could have helped- regular checkups and ultrasounds. No smoking, checking for chronic medical conditions ...Read more

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Is amenorrhea caused by eating habits or being underweight?

Is amenorrhea caused by eating habits or being underweight?

If significant loss: Lack of menses when previously established (secondary amenorrhea) can result from many causes including depression, rapid change in weight (excess or loss) and various endocrine causes such as hypothyroidism, pcos (and of course pregnancy). If your eating habits is very selective and poor resulting in significant decrease in body mass index (bmi), then your menses may become erratic and spotty. ...Read more

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Can being underweight cause tiredness and exercise intolerance?

Can being underweight cause tiredness and exercise intolerance?

See below: Yes: Underweight might be secondary to or symptomatic of an underlying disease. Unexplained weight loss needs evaluation asap. Severely underweight individuals may have poor physical stamina and a weak immune system, leaving one open to infection. Malnutrition due to poor/inadeq intake, genetics, underlying mental or physical disease need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Does purging contribute to being underweight or just maintaining?

Does purging contribute to being underweight or just maintaining?

Can be either.: Weight ultimately is the result of calories in vs. Calories out. Purging (vomiting or laxitvie abuse) or even intense exercise compensates for the massive calorie overload that can occur with binging. Some maintain normal weight that way; others develop what is called buliarexia, where they are binging but become markedly underweight with distorted body image like anorexics. ...Read more

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What are some visual signs & symptoms of being underweight/malnourished?

What are some visual signs & symptoms of being underweight/malnourished?

Chronic weakness: Chronic fatigue, frequent colds and infections, as well as poor skin/hair quality are common findings. ...Read more

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How can I put on weight all overk? I'm tired of being underweight, please help

Resistance exercise: Lifting weights will add lean body mass. However, it takes time and concerted effort to build lean body mass. Simply eating more calories than you burn will add fat which is not advisable. ...Read more

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I'm 16 weigh 8st 4lbs and 5ft 3. Is this healthy and am I near being underweight? I'm very obsessed with losing weight + eat 600-900cals a day

Please let your: Parents know about your obsession. You are not eating enough to feed a wren. This is a serious problem. You need medical help if you are 84 pounds. If you are 8 stones & 4 pounds than you are 116 pounds which would be a healthy weight for your height. ...Read more

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Could being underweight effect the eyes?

Could being underweight effect the eyes?

Not likely: Being underweight, even very highly underweight will have little effect on the eyes or vision. Dehydration can affect eyesight. The eyes are so important to the body that the overall health of the eye is preserved even in extremes of nutrition, weight and stress. ...Read more

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Can being underweight cause fatigue or exercise intolerance?

Can being underweight cause fatigue or exercise intolerance?

Yes: An individual needs enough energy stores during exercise to avoid fatigue or cramps. The body preferentially burns simple and complex carbohydrates first, then protein, then fat. If you don't have enough carbohydrate energy stores then protein (muscle) is broken down and then fat. The caveat is that some well trained underweight people don't have a problem but they have done extensive training. ...Read more

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Could you still have an eating disorder without being underweight?

Could you still have an eating disorder without being underweight?

Absolutely. An: Eating disorder is more than anorexia (where one is very thin and still believes to be fat) or bulimia. Having an eating disorder has to do with one's relationship to food which could be described as unhealthy or problematic. Eating more than one needs when not hungry, emotional overeating, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an eating disorder without being underweight?

Is it possible to have an eating disorder without being underweight?

Absolutely: There are types of disordered eating characterized by binge eating which even after purging, result in normal or perhaps slightly overweight bodies. Being caught up in a non-healthy compulsive eating pattern is the prime characteristic in my opinion. Therapists expertised in this area will be able to help find solutions regardless of bmi status. Not having the medical threat of starvation is good! ...Read more

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What can I do to stop being underweight I'm 5'7 and weight 118, I need help so I can get my periods back cause im irregular?

What can I do to stop being underweight I'm 5'7 and weight 118, I need help so I can get my periods back cause im irregular?

The formula for: weight gain is to take in more calories than you burn. It is tempting to try and eat junk food which is high in fat and sugar to do this. Far better is to eat healthful foods, just in larger quantities than you normally would. Pick high quality fruits, vegetables, and meats, and high calorie but nutritious foods such as nuts and avocados. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does being underweight mean your body will take out minerals from the bone to keep you alive and therefore increase risk of osteoporosis?

Does being underweight mean your body will take out minerals from the bone to keep you alive and therefore increase risk of osteoporosis?

Underweight? Bones: 16F from down under asks if being underweight mean your body will take out minerals from the bone to keep you alive and therefore increase risk of osteoporosis? ANS: if you are starving completely or severe eating disorder and weight loss then may be happening. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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What can I do to burn fat without being underweight?

Underweight: Well, if you are worrying about being underweight, chances are that you really don't need to burn any fat. If you are underweight, you most likely don't have any excess fat that you need to lose. Just eat healthy (don't diet or starve) and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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Can being underweight cause fatigue during exercise?

Can being underweight cause fatigue during exercise?

Maybe: If you are underweight because you are not getting enough nutrition, then yes. You can't get all the benefits of exercise if you are starving. If you are naturally thin, then it's probably not related. ...Read more

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Does depression have anything to do with being underweight and stressed?

Does depression have anything to do with being underweight and stressed?

It can: Having a negative view of your body and being stressed can both contribute to being depressed. Or, being depressed can make someone lose their appetite and consequently lose weight. ...Read more